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GABBY Hutchins has only been
working as an apprentice chef
since March, but she beat all
comers in the Sheepvention
challenge for young chefs.
The competition required
entrants to invent an original
lamb dish and place it on the
menu of the restaurant where
they work for the month lead-
ing up to Sheepvention.
who works at Cafe Catalpa,
Tarrington, under head chef
Michael Hilsdon, created a
lamb loin and crumbed brain
Other restaurants involved
were the Caledonian Hotel,
Gilly's Restaurant, The
Botanical, Roxburgh House
and Darriwill Farm.
The dishes were judged by
chefs Tony MacGilvaray and
John Tully with Sheepvention
president Andrew Nagorcka.
Mr Nagorcka said the judges
were amazed by the quality of
"The innovation and level of
presentation shown in so many
of the dishes was outstanding,"
Stuart Thompson, from
Darriwill Farm, was highly
commended for his Moroccan
tagine of lamb neck, prune and
chickpea with a slow braised
lamb shoulder bisteya.
Gabby won $1000 for her
By STEVE HYNES
wows the judges
Gabby Hutchins, winner of the young chef challenge, at work at Cafe
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WHEN you drive up and down a pad-
dock spreading fertiliser, how do you
know if it's being spread evenly?
The simple answer is that you
don't --- unless the spreader has
A field day hosted by Southern
Farming Systems (SFS) at Lake
Bolac last week drew attention to the
problem by measuring the amount
of fertiliser deposited at varying
distances from the spreader.
Jon Midwood, chief executive
of SFS, said uneven spreading
was a common problem that could
have a significant effect on crop
"If you can see stripping in a crop
you have lost 20 per cent of your
yield," he said.
"You could easily be losing 10 to
15 per cent and not be able to see
He said a satisfactory spread
would have no more than 15 per cent
variation across the paddock.
The field day saw several spread-
ers subjected to testing. A series of
containers were placed either side
of the spreader path to catch the
fertiliser pellets over a distance of
24 metres either side.
The pellets captured by each
container were weighed and the
results plotted on a graph to show
the fertiliser distribution.
The results showed considerable
variation between spreaders, includ-
ing some from which the distribution
was not symmetrical.
The uniformity of fertiliser pellet
size was also identified as a factor
affecting the evenness of spread.
There should be as little variation
as possible, with a grain size of about
The tests were facilitated by
the Australian Fertiliser Services
SFS is investigating the possibil-
ity of providing spreader testing to
farmers and contractors.
By STEVE HYNES
Fertiliser distribution is tested at an SFS field day at Lake Bolac.
Martin Brennan, from Bendigo TAFE, (left) and Russell Nichol, of the Australian
Fertiliser Services Association, collect fertiliser from each capture device for
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